Man Getting Hit by Football. I can only hope that was your goal.
"But the ball...his groin. It works on so many levels!"
I seem to remember Columbus Torch and Pitchfork setting up a sales booth more than once out in front of Jim Bollman's house during his tenure at Ohio. I doubt Sparty's woes with the OC position have ended.
this is exactly the kind of crappy hire the B1G specializes in. Let's get OSU's fired OC, who went to Purdue's OL to be MSU's OC. Why can't the conference get stars (or at least up and commers)?
I'm going to go out on a limb here and say it's because Mark Dantonio isn't as smart as pundits in the media would have you believe he is.
They killed two birds with one stone. Dantonio can't wait til someone, anyone offers him a job at any other University, and they have now hired his replacement. Way to go Sparty!
hiring from Mark D's christmas card list
Mike Debord as his Running cordinator this will be the best collection of hailarities on one staff ever. Big Tenn!! in my Brian voice
MSU apparently doesn't plan on using their new JumboTron scoreboard to, you know, record scores.
That brought back some awesome memories...
Awesome. Simply awesome. This news is so good, it almost deserves muppets.
Bollman is an upgrade over Roushar.
The hand Bollman was dealt in 2011 was pretty tough. The cloud Tressel left the program under didn't help and everybody in Columbus knew the staff was gone. Including the players. The starting QB was dreadful. He should have been pulled for Braxton Miller much earlier that season. Still, Miller was very, very raw. And the advance gameplanning Bollman executed for Michigan was outstanding. You guys forget that game went down to the wire and Miller was explosive. Bollman did a really nice job of prep with the kid.
I know I'd take Bollman over Roushar any day. Roushar was arguably the worst OC in the B10. Greg Davis was terrible at Iowa but at least he had a lot of injuries - peace be upon AIRBHG - as an excuse. Gus Malzahn or Chad Morris couldn't have turned MSU's offense into a juggernaut LY. But they still have too much talent to look like they did. Bollman for Roushar is a good trade for Sparty.
Look at this from another angle. Tressel allowed Bollman to be his OC for 10 seasons. Dantonio canned Roushar after 1 season. No way this is a downgrade.
has been its Defensive Line
system and all that...
Roushar was OC for two seasons, and for the 10 seasons that Bollman was Tressel's OC, Tressel was calling plays. Bollman called plays for one season and it was an offensive disaster. While you're right to point out that the situation wasn't perfect, it wasn't a bottom 20 offense bad. There was plenty of talent and an experienced O-line. It just didn't work.
Really, I'd say that Roushar was in a worse situation last season. Had to replace his entire passing offense. His O-line was recked by injuries. Bell, while terrific if given a seam, isn't really a make you miss type back. In games where the o-line was overwhelmed, there really wasn't any tool to turn to on the MSU offense.
This may not be a downgrade for Sparty, but it's hardly an upgrade.
... that I couldn't remember 2011. My bad.
No, I'd say Bollman had it tougher than Roushar. The national spotlight was on Columbus and plenty of bad stories leaked out during the season. Roushar was the beneficiary of much better circumstances in EL. He had a boss whose job was safe and who can coach a bit himself. Bollman had Luke Fickell, exhibit 1 for the Peter Principle.
The first starting QB was Joe Bauserman. Bauserman was really, really bad. Bollman had the unenviable task of deciding which QB to play; the limited vet who at least knew the playbook, or the raw but physically gifted true freshman Miller. Handing the job early to Miller would have been a signal to everyone that the new staff was willing to maybe forego a win or two now in order to get more experience for the future. Bauserman had to be allowed to fail first. And fail he did, getting just 5.72 YPA on sub-50% completions.
Bollman did a very decent job with Miller. In 2011 Miller notched 7.38 YPA and a 138 QB rating. In 2012 under the auspices of certified offensive genius Urban Meyer the sophomore had 8.03 YPA and a 140 QB rating. Improvement right in line for a freshman to soph transition. If Bollman was bad and Meyer really good we should have seen a much bigger improvement. Don't forget too that Miller injured his ankle against Nebraska in 2011 and was not 100% for awhile.
I'm not going to claim that Bollman is a certified offensive genius. But he *is* an upgrade over Roushar.
It doesn't have me shaking in my boots, but Tressel-ball with good defense is basically what Dantonio wants to run. Conservative offense, don't hurt your defense. It's not like he was going to go out and hire Calvin Magee or go all old school Texas Tech on people.
Yes, but look at the talent he had. And granted, many of these guys were suspended early in the season, which certainly didn't help Joe Bauserman any. But Mike Adamas and Mike Brewster both started NFL games this season. They had another senior lineman that I believe at least signed an NFL free agent deal. Herron, Posey, and even a freshman Braxton Miller are more talented than a respective trio off of MSU last season. That offense should not have gone for under 300 yards in 4 of the last 7 games.
I just didn't see the same potential out of MSU last season. Maxwell, while better than Bauserman, isn't much of a talent at QB. Bell is solid but works best behind an efficient O-line. The receiving corp was a mess. Sims was also solid, but his biggish numbers were more a reflection of the poor receiving corp. And the line wasn't good or healthy. While I don't think MSU's 2011 season was indicative of what Roushar could bring to the table, I don't think 2012 was either. And I just don't see whow Bollman is an upgrade.
OSU averaged just 62 offensive snaps those last 7 games with just 110 attempted passes over that time. You're not going to get big yardage totals like that. The quality is more important then the quantity. 7.38 YPA with a true frosh QB is pretty good.
And you try doing your job with the nation's sports media hovering like vultures over the program. And Urban Meyer too. Good luck with that.
while downplaying the suspensions and the turmoil. While Herron missed six games, Posey missed ten. They had other suspensions and injuries too. Sure, Miller is more talented than Maxwell, but talent isn't usually enough for a true freshman QB to excel right off the bat. Maxwell had three years practicing in their system. Most expected MSU's offense to be better than it was last season.
Out of curiosity why does the head coach (Tressel) get a show cause penalty, but the assistants do not? Are we just saying that the assistants do not have the responsibility of the entire team as the head coach does? I'd assume the assistants were just as much in the loop of the stuff going on as the head coach, no? I am not tied to either outcome, just kind of curious how the NCAA makes this distinction.
Assistants can easily plead ignorance whereas the Head Coach is responsible ultimately for everything that happens under his watch. Just a hunch
He was specifically told of the violation by the original emailer and then lied to the NCAA. I don't think there was ever such evidence against any assistant.
This makes perfect sense to me. Now that Sparty is in the West Division, they have to keep up with Iowa's and Wisconsin's level of creative play calling.
FB up the gut. 5% of the time, it works every time.
While the Michigan fan part of me loves to see a rival fall flat with a hire, the SEC hater in me wishes MSU would've done something BOLD. This is somewhat analogous to Wisconsin losing Bielema to Arkansas.
From a conference perspective, MSU is one of those schools that has GOT to elevate itself if the conference is ever going to compete "top to bottom" with the SEC. The Big Ten needs it's "middle teir" teams, i.e. MSU, Iowa, (I can't believe I'm saying this... but) Northwestern, Illinois to get stronger if the league is ever going to develop the cache that brings consistent five stars to the top tier teams year in and year out. This notion that exists with many recruits now; that the SEC as whole is a higher level of competition week in and week out, and will therefore prepare you better (and more quickly) for the NFL, doesn't come solely from the success of Florida, Alabama and LSU. It's also largely a result of the (perceived?) success of South Carolina, Auburn, Georgia and Arkansas.
Arkansas needs an upgrade at HC so they go steal Wisconsin's coach. MSU needs an upgrade at OC and they hire... THIS GUY. I mean, not everyone can just go out and get an Urban Meyer or a Greg Mattison, but Jim Bollman?
Look at that smirk. Just oozes swagger
I'm just sayin'
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Thanks for making me disturb a CAEN lab with my laughter. For real though, I usually just +1 and move on, but good lord, the resemblance...
Though... in Bollman's defense, coming out of lightspeed too close to the system really *does* prove that MSU is being intergalactic.
But doesn't it also prove that he is as clumsy as he is stupid?
When a hire elicits jokes and ridicule from EVERY SINGLE FANBASE except the one that made the hire, you know it's a shitty move.
Oh, the one that made the hire has jokes and ridicule too.
::Jim Bollman:Greg Davis
Bollman vs Gerg, it would be a barn burner........ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
God how I missed the days when MSU-Iowa would end in a 3-3 tie. Can't wait to see more of that.
You got me though, no ties, so a nice 6-3 decision.
Oh sweeeeet! A mod gave me a plane ticket to go home.
This is awesome! Good luck trying to run that offense with those players.
Bollman is one of those coaches who looks mediocre with a personnel advantage, and really, really bad without one. Sparty is going 6-6 this year.
I may have to tune into the Valenti meltdown today.
I'm shaking in my boots. Nick Hill will dominate in this offense. Maxwell/Cook (whoever wins the competition this fall) will be unleashed to throw even flatter routes to the sideline than this season.
I can imagine the job interview now:
Dantonio: Do you hate Michigan?
Dantonio: I mean really hate Michigan?
Bollman: I think so.
Dantonio: Could you just say yes so we can get this over with old buddy?
Dantonio: Great! Grins and rubs hands with evil chuckle.
Dantonio: You can stop saying yes now.
I imagine it was mostly them talking about who loves Tressell more.